Judging from the cheek and wit
of his signature menswear collection, Andrew Buckler
must be the life of every VIP party. His Fall 2007
presentation, Close Encounters, was “…
inspired by anatomical illustrations and a clean,
refined look”, but the 10 foot tall alien
poking its head out from backstage during the show
indicates that Buckler’s influences are a
little more flippant than the average men’s
sportswear line.The runway was lit from above with
black light, and a soundtrack of comical astronaut
transmissions emanated from "walkie-talkies"
lining the walls. Bright spot lights rigged with
colored gels, as well as panels of LEDs at the front
of room, transformed the usually straightforward
runway into a spectacle.
Most of Buckler’s lean,
layered looks could have easily come from Diesel
or Morphine Generation, but the debut of Sexy Bastard,
Buckler’s innerwear line, was a fashion week
highlight. International burlesque and opera star
Meow Meow performed a singing striptease, with the
help of scantily-clad underwear models. One fellow
even donned a top hat and subversive bustier.
After the unexpected mid-show
interlude, Buckler came back strong. Coordinated
leopard print sweaters and twill trousers paired
well with black leather moto jackets. Dull orange,
sky blue and washed-out lavender were fresh color
choices in a Fall men’s line. Other standouts
from the show were glass helmets and accessories
by Molly Jackson, and metallic leather pants. .